Thursday, August 31, 2006

Bush's EPA Considers Issuing Tire Burn Permit

Senators Leahy and Sanders call on EPA to reject tire-burn permit

This shouldn't require anybody to beg, but this EPA takes its orders from Corporations, and not the People of the U.S.:
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., today called on the Environmental Protection Agency to reject the International Paper Company's permit to conduct a two-week test burn of tire-derived fuel at their Ticonderoga mill.

In a letter to EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, Sanders and Leahy urged the EPA to use its authority to refuse the permit in order to protect the health of Vermonters and the environment.

Sanders said, "Allowing IP to begin burning tire-derived fuel without upgrading its emission control equipment is a very dangerous decision that could have serious consequences for Vermonters. The EPA should act responsibly and use its authority to prevent this burn and protect the environment and the health of local residents."

Leahy said, "If the International Paper Company continues to explore burning tire-derived fuel, it simply must install new emissions controls to protect our environment and the health of Vermonters affected by such a burn. EPA ought to reject this permit unless changes are made at the IP mill."

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